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Benjamin Hall

You’ve probably heard of Crunchbase, Pitchbook, or PwC’s MoneyTree report. Maybe you’ve heard of Preqin, S&P Global Market Intelligence, or FactSet. But have you heard of PrivCo? Have you heard of MarketLine, ThomsonOne Deals, or CB Insights?

MSU Libraries subscribes to several resources specialized for accelerating one’s search for information on private M&A deals, venture capital, and private equity funding rounds.  Here’s a rundown:


A database built on “Private Company Financial Intelligence.” PrivCo helps to unearth the finances of many private companies and related deals—data that is often kept confidential.

Major Clients: Bain Capital, Goldman Sachs, Google, Forbes, MSU Libraries.

For more on deals and navigation, check out the PrivCo User Guide or go directly to PrivCo.

CB Insights

A comprehensive global database with information and analysis on private companies and investors’ activities. CB Insights' Deals Search provides a real-time listing of US venture capital/private equity deals.

Major Clients: Redhat, Microsoft, Salesforce, Cisco, MSU Libraries.

For more on investors’ activities and deal search, check out the AI Intelligence Deals Tracker example or go directly to CB Insights.


One of the world’s most prolific publishers of global business information. MarketLine Deals tracker provides information on financial investments across industries and countries. Perhaps most intriguing, the search even allows users to filter by “rumor[ed]” deal or “dead rumor”.

Popular MarketLine use cases include:

  • What’s the M&A landscape in the African software sector?
  • What is the most preferred stock exchange for IPOs?
  • What were the top deals in pharma in 2019?

For more information on Deals, check out the Deals User Guide or go directly to MarketLine.

ThomsonOne Deals

Resource powered by SDC Platinum data and owned by Refinitiv. Although it’s not (browser) friendly with Safari, Firefox or Chrome, the Deals Module contains M&A, joint ventures, bonds and equity data going back to the 1970s. Use Internet Explorer for best results.

Major Clients: Bank of America, Exxon, MSU Libraries.

For more information on PE transactions and global M&A, check out the Deals Module Overview or go directly to ThomsonOne Deals.


For more deals information, including new stories on M&A events, contact a business librarian for recommendations.

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